UPCHURCH, CHARLES ERNEST
Born Wynyard Tasmania to Ernest and Emily Margaret Upchurch (nee Muir) he was a farm labourer when he enlisted 28th July 1915. He embarked with his unit from Melbourne on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 16 October 1915. He was killed in action 16th July 1917 and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
His brother Andrew Upchurch was also killed in action on the 6th April 1917.
'For gallantry and devotion to duty.
On the 11th April 1917 near REINCOURT after the
withdrawal from the HINDENBURG LINE these men [2645 T.W.
FOLKARD, 5077 H.B. DICK; 2158 T. DOBE, 2450 J. HOARE,
235 N.G. HATTON, 1875A A.C. ONIONS, 3970 R.C. HOLDEN,
3182 C.E. UPCHURCH, 1747 T. SEE] under the command of
Lieutenant JULIN of 52 Battalion volunteered in spite of
continuous machine gun and artillery fire, to go out
into NO MAN'S LAND and collect wounded. At first they
got a hostile reception but ultimately by their
persistency and determination, they were permitted to
carry on unmolested till dark. In this manner they saved
the lives of many who would otherwise have perished in
the snow. Two of the number were killed but undetermined
the remainder stuck to their task until darkness put a
stop to their work. They showed magnificent coolness and
gallantry and untiring energy in their difficult task.'
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